Edging closer (With great speed and enthusiasm!)
Hello dear people,
It’s less than a week left in the campaign and it’s at 85% (with more waiting to be lodged). That means less than €1000 is required to secure the fund. Incredible. Do-creidte! I believe it will happen. A bit like Limerick Hurling Team. We can get over the line!!! woohoooo!
Experiencing peoples generosity has been really powerful. No matter what happens, so far this campaign has been more than just about money.
It has been about trusting, opening up to all sorts, making and sharing, letting go, visualising, moving past the fear. And yes, it has been about the money too!
So for the funders already… Thank you. There have been some huge gestures of support from people and groups. I am humbled and encouraged.
I can’t wait to share the rewards in the coming months.
It has been a busy few weeks. Doing “work” work. And when I can, doing “photo editing work” which can be slow at times. The book is growing and blossoming it seems. I have unearthed forgotten about photos (Hidden away in files on the hard drive) for which I am delighted because they add more precious moments to share. I have also received some golden advice on design and it’s helping me make final decisions.
There has been great coverage of the project in the media. Just today I had a lovely interview on West Limerick 102fm Community Radio with Seamus Hogan. On Saturday I was on the popular Limerick Live 95fm show “In the County” with Trevor Anderson. And last week, on the local county newspaper - The Limerick Leader, I was given 3 pages (including the front page of the Culture + Sport section) to showcase the project and spread the word. I am very grateful for these opportunities.
It has also been a real learning process to be putting my self and my work out there more. Being more forward and looking for attention, has in a way, been an affirmation for the people who have already supported the project. I know I have to put in the work, to spread the word and bring in the funds, to roll it over the line and make the most of everyones support. In a way, it’s not just for me. It’s for all of us.
It reminds me of the Irish saying, “Seachain tú fhéin”. It can be interpreted as “Avoid yourself”, or in other words, “get out of your own way”. So I shall do my best to keep on this path.
I’ll share with you now a sneak peak of the “more than likely" front cover… I can be as changeable as the Irish weather when it comes to design! I have resisted going mad on colours and with guidance have gone for an understated design. Really, it’s the photos that need to be shown and for some time, this photo of Mrs. Collory has been in my vision as the cover.
Mrs. Collory was kind enough to allow me to take her photo in my mums hairdressing salon, although she seemed a little perplexed as to why I would want to do so. Nonetheless she sat and thankfully I was there. When I took it, I was just blown away by how it came out.
A little while after, she asked me for the photograph. I printed it, gave it to her and she was so grateful. She became very emotional and explained that no one has ever really spent the time to take her photo in this way. I was gobsmacked. I hadn't considered something like that. Instead of feeling like a bit of burden to get people to stop and be photographed, now I could see how this project could be a real blessing. An honouring of the person. And in the age of so many photos and selfies… still the simple act of taking time, taking a photo, and sharing it…can be a gift to people.
And for those considering pledging support… here is a reminder that there are 5 days left to do so. The deadline is Tuesday August 28th at 4pm Irish time.
You are welcome to become part of the project and you won’t regret it.